Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Fiction, Romance
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Goodreads Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Here is my confession, I read the book because of all the hype it has been getting lately. If you don’t already know, the movie will be coming out early June and the trailers look amazing. I was expecting Me Before You to be as wonderful and amazing according to many 5 star ratings on Goodreads. It didn’t captivate my attention. I put this book down several times.
Will had the perfect life before his accident. He was successful and a risk taker, but everything changed on that fateful rainy day. Lou, on the other hand, is the opposite of Will. She is content with working at a cafe, but when she gets laid off from her job of several years, she is forced to find employment at a job center. Lou eventually lands a job as a caretaker for Will. Initially, Will and Lou don’t get along. Lou despises her job at first, but learns to love it and Will.
Now what I really liked about Me Before You was that it was not the typical romance story. I don’t really read romance books, so going into this book I was expecting lots of romance. That did not happen. Me Before You was really realistic and it had great encouraging themes such as living life to your full potential. These are my two favorite quotes from the book:
You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible
“Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those stripy legs with pride. And if you insist on settling down with some ridiculous bloke, make sure some of this is squirreled away somewhere. Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury. Knowing I might have given them to you has alleviated something for me.”
It made me wonder about my own life and whether or not I’m living it to my fullest. I really found Lou to be relatable. Lou goes through a transformation throughout the whole book. She learns to change herself for the better and its all thanks to Will, who gave her the extra push. No one encouraged Lou more than Will, not even Patrick (her boyfriend) of seven years. It did take me a while to tolerate Lou, but by the end of the book, I really liked her. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lou’s family either, but I really liked Treena (Lou’s younger sister).
I didn’t hate the book, nor did I particularly love it. Honestly, it took me such a long time to start enjoying the book, and that’s when I reached the halfway point. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, but the book was definitely boring for me. I didn’t feel an attachment with the characters, and in my case, it felt like this book was missing a certain something for me to love it. I feel that the movie will definitely be better than the book, and I will see the movie! Will I read the sequel? No thank you. I was really satisfied with the ending of the book, even though it was bittersweet.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️